Programmatically extract key and value from Windows registry using simple Dos command line statement

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The Windows Registry can be inspected from a Dos (Command Prompt) command. The key and data element I was looking for is:

Key Name: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\chrome.exe

Data Name: Path

SNAGHTML3c07b2b

The OS command we can use to extract the value of this entry:

REG QUERY “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\chrome.exe” /S /v Path

The result from this command looks like this:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\chrome.exe
     Path    REG_SZ    C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application
End of search: 1 match(es) found.

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Lucas Jellema, active in IT (and with Oracle) since 1994. Oracle ACE Director and Oracle Developer Champion. Solution architect and developer on diverse areas including SQL, JavaScript, Docker, Machine Learning, Java, SOA and microservices, events in various shapes and forms and many other things. Author of the Oracle Press books: Oracle SOA Suite 11g Handbook and Oracle SOA Suite 12c Handbook. Frequent presenter on community events and conferences such as JavaOne, Oracle Code and Oracle OpenWorld.

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